7.1

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$500
Average Mileage:
37,900 miles
Total Complaints:
23 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (9 reports)
  2. replaced factory rotors and pads with aftermarket (6 reports)
  3. go to an independent mechanic rather than the dealer (4 reports)
  4. re-surfaced all 4 rotors, replaced all pads (3 reports)
  5. replace rotors at Pep Boys (1 reports)
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan brakes problems

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Jun 102013

Grand Caravan LS 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Dangerous and expensive. The pads wear out prematurely each time, and we've needed to get the rotors resurfaced every few years as a result. Mechanics have not been able to explain why that's happening.

- eggb, Bonita Springs, FL, US

problem #22

Mar 172011

Grand Caravan SXT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,861 miles

The breaks need to be replaced each year almost, they wear fast!

- jennny, Fort Drum, NY, USA

problem #21

Jan 092010

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

I have had to replace some element if not the entire brake system on this car EVERY SINGLE YEAR that I have owned it. I love having a minivan but I will never buy another Dodge again. I cannot believe the brake issues I have had! It has been a costly and annoying problem. The mechanics keep saying that it must be the way I am driving the car. I have NEVER had to replace the brakes on a car except for a Honda that I had owned for 7 years. Ridiculous!

- dalect, Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #20

Jan 122010

Grand Caravan V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This Dodge Grand Caravan has had every problem possible. EGR sensor failed at 40,000 miles, electric door locks became inoperable at 35,000 miles, sliding door inop at 60,000 miles, brake problems at 50,000 miles. I've never owned such a piece of junk in my life. NEVER AGAIN will I buy a Dodge. They are complete junk.

- shagwella, Burke, VA, US

problem #19

Feb 222006

Grand Caravan LS 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

My front disc warped at 17,000 miles. Dealer turned them and lasted for another 2000 miles had them turned again and lasted a little longer. My last brake job was done by Les Schawb and they are good for 22,000 miles so far so good. They must not use OEM parts

- John D., Antioch, CA, USA

problem #18

Aug 012006

Grand Caravan V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles

I've replaced the rotors once, the brakes 5 times and the rotors are warped again. The only thing I'm told is to keep replacing them, but this is ridiculous. We need to start a class action suit as this is an ongoing problem for most folks with this car.

- fourteenkaret, Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #17

Jul 182006

Grand Caravan 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan is the last dodge I ever own even worse than a ford tempo.

I bought this van used with 46000 Had to replace both rotors and pads at 48000 miles. One month after I bought it used. Had to replace sway bar bushings and links at 50000. Windshield wasn't installed properly made odd noises at 60mph. Had to replace battery at 52000 headlights flickered like a cop car. Had to replace waterpump at 60000 caught it early during oil change.\ Replaced pads again at 79000 and needs rotors again have to order aftermarket crossdrilled ones. Now it has 83000 and the EGR valve is bad. Yet to replace.

Dodge you might want to go call Japan and learn how to build a reliable vehicle. If I wasn't a mechanic I would have traded this quality POS in after driving it 10000 miles.

- mmichaelca, Plattsmouth, NE, USA

problem #16

May 092006

Grand Caravan 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,550 miles

Seems like the front rotors on the 2005 Grand Caravan are not up to par. I just wish

that these dealers would only stop deflecting the problem by suggesting that"Its the way you drive." In my own unscientific research/investigation, I could not find a vehicle in

a similar class that required the foll. New rotors at 25,000km,52000km and again at 62000km. Only at 62000km, they replaced them for free because they were distorted.

- Garfield W., Toronto, ON, Canada

problem #15

Mar 102007

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles

I was shocked that a car with barely over 20,000 miles would require a totally new set of brakes, including pads and rotors. I have never had to replace brakes on any other car I have owned.

- Andrew W., 7464 Crestwood Court, Florence, USA

problem #14

Dec 152007

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

This was the second major brake job on our Grand Caravan in under 40,000 miles. The brake line failed and completely ruined our brakes. Since this was the second time, I did not return to the dealer and had Midas complete the repair. Since Midas made the update, I have not had issues.

- Andrew W., 7464 Crestwood Court, Florence, USA

problem #13

Feb 282006

Grand Caravan 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Left front rotor metal to metal contact and destroyed the rotor. The Right front rotor

warped also and replaced it too. I used lifetime pads from AutoZone and they have not been much better. They next time this happened was about 20-25 thousand more and the aftermarket rotors warped slightly. I had them turned down and replaced the pads again. I just replaced them again at about another 25K. The first time I thought it might be the wife's driving habits as she does tend to follow a little close, but it's a constant vigil to keep up with the brakes on this vehicle. The left front wears faster than the right one and it has done the same thing on my Dodge Ram 1500, but not nearly as bad. Other problems include suspension noise, door locks fail, inner and outer tie rods ends along with an occasion nagging right tail light going out but not being burnt out. It's done thins on two occasions. I'll put the door locks in another post.

I hope this is helpful... Dodge has not been.

Darrell

Nixa, MO

- D F., Nixa, MO, USA

problem #12

Mar 012007

Grand Caravan SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

We bought this thing in March, 2007. We test drove it. The front tires seemed to shake. The dealer looked at it and replaced all 4 tires. Everything was fine, so we bought it. Now, if you go anymore than 45 mph the steering wheel starts shaking. Whenever you push on the brakes the whole van shakes, really bad. I haven't had it looked at yet but I'm going to have to look into it. When tax time comes this piece of crap is being traded in, and not for another DODGE either.

- Sheila T., St. Joseph, MO, USA

problem #11

Mar 082007

(reported on)

Grand Caravan SXT 3.2 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,662 miles

This van has been nothing but trouble since I purchased it new on 9/10/05. On 9/21/05 I took it in to Dependable Dodge in Reseda California, where I purchased it, because the driver side electric window would not open or close, Dependable Dodge said the regulator was bad and had to replace it. I was given a rental for two days. (I have the extended warranty that provides a rental car)

On 5/25/06 I took the van in to Dependable Dodge for a problem with the brakes at 10,662 miles. I also had a problem with the air conditioner which was making a squealing noise . I told them I heard a loud squealing noise when I applied the brakes. Dependable Dodge told me that the rotors were completely shot, they were metal to metal and that they replaced both the pads and the rotors under warranty because the car was less than a year old. Although they said they did it as a favor to me but the reason they were worn out was because of my driving habits. I called them several days later and informed them that the car was still making a squealing noise although it wasn't as bad as before and was told by Dodge that all cars make some noise in the brakes and that it was because they were new and I had to break them in. I continued to drive the van and although it didn't get worse, it didn't get better either. I was given a rental car.

On 8/29/06, at 13,635 miles, I took the van in again and told them that the van was still making a squealing noise in the brakes, they said they would check them out. I was told they were fine, at 50% and that again, all cars make some brake noise, it was normal. In addition to this, I had to leave the car in the shop so that they could perform numerous other repairs. There was an underbody heater hose and a windshield wiper motor recall that needed replaced. The car was also making a buzzing noise and was hard to start if it was over 100 degrees in the summer heat. The rear AC had also stopped working and would only blow out hot air. They found a faulty H-Vac module and had to replace that. The driver side electric door would also not open and close unless it was done manually. Again I was given a rental car.

Today, 3/08/07 at 20,415 miles (only 9,753 miles after a complete rotor/pad replacement) I called Dependable Dodge once again for the same squealing noise that is coming from the brakes which by now, is very loud and was told “sorry, but your car is out of manufacturers warranty , if you want the brakes fixed you will have to pay for them. We already fixed them once for you for free“. I explained that the original problem has never been FIXED, I was told they had no record of any complaints, which is a lie, they just did not DOCUMENT them. I was told that it would cost $29 to have it checked out and that I would have to pay to have it fixed. Although after further discussion I was told that they would check them for free but if there were any problems I would have to pay to have them fixed. I was told the reason the brakes were bad again was because most of my driving was done in town.

Honestly, this van has been nothing but a headache from the very beginning. I have been inconvenienced and I feel that the safety of my family is being jeopardized by driving this piece of junk. I will never recommend this car to anyone, this was a very bad purchase and not worth the price or headaches that go along with it.

- Tonia Z., Reseda, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 012006

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • 17,000 miles

There is definitely a problem with the brake system on the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. I have never replaced rotors before 40,000 miles and I am already on my second replacement at 43,000 miles. When I went into the dealer at 17,000 miles they did not know what the problem was and could not feel or hear the issues I was having. The problem was when I would brake there would be a type of metal grinding and a pull to the right. After being sent home twice and driving my children around in the vehicle for several days, I took it back for the third time with my husband. This time they said that of course there was a problem, that they could see just by looking at it, that the brakes were shot, that there was metal on metal--NO KIDDING! Pretty much what I had told them the two previous times! And now here we are again at 43,000 miles and when the brakes are applied my steering wheel shakes. Again, I need new rotors and pads. They also told me that it appears there is something wrong with the way the brakes are working as the rear brakes were in great shape, only the front ones were bad. The first time the front brakes were much worse than the rear ones. Also I have noticed when you are traveling at a speed say 45 mph and you take your foot off of the gas, you do not slow down for quite some time--you stay at a constant 45 mph even though you have taken your foot off of the gas. This makes it necessary to use the brakes more often than normal.

- Beth H., Lith, IL, USA

problem #9

Feb 132007

(reported on)

Grand Caravan Limited 3.2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

I had 12,000 miles on a new purchase of 2005 Grand Caravan when I need to have the brakes, rotors and pads put on. I asked why, as I never had this problem before. The mechanic indicated that I must be driving and stopping to fast. I complained of noise in the break area immediately after the repair and again for the next 6 months and they gave me a new set of breaks finally. I now have 28,000 miles and AGAIN NEEDED Rotors, Pads and Breaks both times it cost me $485.00+ to have this repair. I also need to have the tie rods replaced the last time. I'm making a sizable payment and at this point not happy with this situation, otherwise, I love the stow-N-Go seats. I may be having transmission problems, as I can't feel it kick in when traveling up hill.

- M M., Scranton, PA, USA

problem #8

Nov 192006

(reported on)

Grand Caravan SE 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,170 miles

I'm outraged and amazed that any car would require $520 worth of brake work after a mere 6,170 miles, and just over 1 year old. We hardly drive the car, we never ride the brakes or do any maneuvers that put unusual strain on the brakes. I've read in Consumer Reports that this car has a "much worse than average" repair history for brakes (among many other problems). Well, now I'm now first-hand that their verdict is true.

I believe this car was mis-engineered from the beginning, providing an inadequate braking system for a car of its weight, and a vehicle that is seriously front-heavy (engine, front-wheel drive transmission, etc.). But other manufacturers of minivans, notably Toyota and Honda, apparenlty figured out how to make their cars right.

I hate to say this, but I really believe that the Japanese car makers, down to the assembly-line worker, would be embarassed and ashamed to sell a piece of junk like the Dodge Grand Caravan. They take honor and pride in their work; Detroit stopped doing that a long time ago.

Don't by a Dodge.

- Phil G., Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 302006

(reported on)

Grand Caravan SXT 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

I can see what other people were talking about now! My rotors wore out too! Why I don't know but at first there was a grinding noise and then it started vibrating really bad in the steering wheel and then I got them turned. About 5,000 miles later they started doing it again.

- fordman8950, Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 202006

(reported on)

Grand Caravan Special Edition 3.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,500 miles

For low mileage you should not be replacing rotors nor brake pads for regular driving. Here is the dealer's excuses hmm you drove allot of city didn't you... Wow what an observation but YO idiot I have never had this problem in all my years of driving my other 26 cars I have owned, I average twice the distance with those Non Dodge vehicles. Wow sometimes people need to think but of course that is their job to piss you off and now I will not by a Dodge again because this is the 2nd time I had brake issues with a Dodge vehicle you see a pattern DODGE you need better quality controls and you better start with your dealers' customer service...

- John M., Smithfield, RI, USA

problem #5

Nov 172006

(reported on)

Grand Caravan SXT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles

We started to notice squeaking when turning, especially the left. The problem progressed rapidly and we had it looked at by a neighbor who is a mechanic. He noticed uneven wear on the brake pads and uneven wear and warping on the rotors. We took it to a local Chrysler Jeep dealer to verify the problem and decided to just let them fix it (that is a whole other story). All four brake pads and rotors had to be replaced, but they used better material this time around.

Turns out, we were the second customer in two weeks with the same problem. The other customer only had 13,000 miles on their van. Both vans were fixed at owners expense, and because we live in Germany with American cars, it was not cheap.

- europlum04, Apo, AE, USA

problem #4

Oct 312006

(reported on)

Grand Caravan SXT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

dodge is known well for brakes going bad frequently

- Janet D., Las Vegas, NV, USA

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